Two lists in one week?! Craziness! I wanted to get this up before the first show premieres tomorrow, but could not do it while I was home in Philadelphia last week. There are a few premiere dates that have not yet been released, so keep checking here for updates.
1. The Shannara Chronicles premieres January 5th on MTV, stars Austin Butler, Manu Bennett, Poppy Drayton, Ivana Baquero, Aaron Jakubenko, Emilia Burns, Marcus Vanco, Brooke Williams, and John Rhys-Davies. This show is based on Terry Brooks’ best-selling fantasy books about a series of adventures, war, and evil that occur throughout the history of these Four Lands. Visually, it looks fantastic and, with Jon Favreau as one of the executive producers, I have very high expectations.
2. Second Chance premieres January 13th on Fox, stars Rob Kazinsky, Tim DeKay, Dilshad Vadsaria, Adhir Kalyan, Vanessa Lengies, Ciara Bravo, and Philip Baker Hall. In this modern version of Frankenstein, a billionaire and a bioengineer bring a dead police officer back to life. After a few title changes, I am a little nervous about this one, but the concept seems interesting and I like the cast, so I will give it a try. The first episode is already on the Fox website if you want to watch it early.
3. Legends of Tomorrow premieres January 21st on The CW, stars Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill, Ciara Renée, Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Falk Hentschel, Franz Drameh, Casper Crump, Peter Francis James, and Victor Garber. White Canary, The Atom, Firestorm, Captain Cold, Heat Wave, Hawkgirl and Hawkman are all recruited by time-traveler Rip Hunter to prevent an impending apocalypse. I already live inside of Greg Berlanti’s brain, so I am very excited about this Arrow and The Flash spin-off.
4. Lucifer premieres January 25th on Fox, stars Tom Ellis, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Lauren German, D.B. Woodside, Kevin Alejandro, and Rachael Harris. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer leaves his throne in the underworld and comes to Los Angeles and starts running a nightclub. He soon must decide if he will let himself be drawn to the light or be pulled back into darkness. I have really enjoyed Ellis’s previous roles and am interested to see what he does with this DC Comics character.
5. The Magicians premieres January 25th on Syfy, stars Jason Ralph, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Arjun Gupta, Hale Appleman, Stella Maeve, Summer Bishil, and Rick Worthy. Based on the New York Times best selling series by Lev Grossman, this new series centers around a group of graduate students attending Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy in New York City. I have been hearing a lot of great things about this show and am excited to check it out.
6. Outsiders premieres January 26th on WGN America, stars Joe Anderson, Ryan Hurst, Kyle Gallner, Gillian Alexy, Thomas M. Wright, Christina Jackson, and David Morse. Set in the Appalachian Mountains, this series centers around the Farrell clan and their struggle to maintain their way of life and protect their homestead at any expense. This kind of looks like the backwoods version of Sons of Anarchy and has a great cast, so my interest is definitely piqued.
7. 11.22.63 premieres February 15th on Hulu, stars James Franco, Josh Duhamel, T.R. Knight, Lucy Fry, Sarah Gadon, Cherry Jones, George MacKay, Daniel Webber, and Chris Cooper. From J.J. Abrams and based on Steven King’s novel of the same name, this series is about a high school teacher who travels back in time in an attempt to stop the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. I am not a huge James Franco fan, but the plot intrigues me enough to give this one a chance.
8. The Path premieres March 30th on Hulu, stars Hugh Dancy, Michelle Monaghan, Aaron Paul, Minka Kelly, and Kathleen Turner. This series examines a family as they struggle with their faith after getting involved with a controversial religious movement and its charismatic leader. Not a whole lot of information has been released about this show, but it involves Jason Katims, so I am all in.